The amber necklaces have been fashionable in Portugal again, allegedly by diminishing the discomfort of the first teeth in infants, but children’s safety experts advocate that it is a dangerous tendency and should be abolished.
It is not difficult to browse a magazine of “Pink Press” and find images of children, famous daughters such as Eric Olsen, Rachel Zoe or Gisele Bündchen, using amber necklaces. Sold in semi-precious stones stores and on the Internet, these objects are costing 25 euros and are presented as a traditional homeopathic remedy for the baby’s dentition.
“The Baltic amber is known to reduce the acidity in the human body in a totally natural way. In the baby, the constant use of the necklace helps to reduce the most common symptoms related to dentition, such as: redness in the cheeks, swollen gums, diaper rash, fever, rashes and fevers, “refers to one of the websites that in Portugal sells these articles.
For the pediatrician Mário Lamb, in addition to there is no scientific evidence that helps lessen discomfort or inflammation of the dentition, the necklaces, amber or other material, should not be used in children before four or five years at least by risk of suffocation.
The doctor questioned American colleagues to know if they knew studies on the subject, but the answer was taxing: “A practice to abolish”. “They sent me to the Department of Primitive Witchcraft and customs, where I was informed that it was an ancient practice in some tribes, but it was not minimally effective, through no physiological mechanism, to lessen the problems of pain and inflammation of dentition,” reported the Doctor in an interview with the Lusa agency.
Dentition in formation
The pediatrician explains that the age of the dentition, of the six months to two and a half years, the child moves very much, constantly changing position and there is the danger of the necklace hooking into any obstacle and strangling the child. “Do not forget that in the neck pass essential blood vessels. I do not believe that a remnant of witchcraft, mixed with fashion and social status merit the risk of death or serious asphyxiation, “argues.
Also the Association for the Promotion of Child Safety (APSI) considers it is not recommended that small children walk with wires or other things around their necks. “Even the clothing wires were prohibited for children, by danger of strangulation accidents. In children, babies or even larger ones do not want anything around the neck, “indicated Sandra Nascimento, from APSI.
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